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Submission + - US rolls out Internet identity plan (arstechnica.com)

RareButSeriousSideEf writes: "FTA: At a US Chamber of Commerce event today, the federal government rolled out its vision for robust online credentials that it hopes will replace the current mess of multiple accounts and insecure passwords. The choice of the Chamber of Commerce wasn't an accident, either; the government wants to squelch any talk of a "national Internet ID card" and emphasize that the plan will be both voluntary and led by the private sector.

[...] Users can choose how many credentials they acquire, what information is contained in each, and how much information is revealed at login.

[...] Public meetings on NSTIC begin in June, and NIST hopes to be funding pilot projects by 2012. Still, ordinary Internet users won't be able to use the system for three to five years."

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